First Steps – Supporting Leadership and Management Development

Target Audience

This programme has been developed for classroom practitioners with two or more years teaching experience.

First Steps into Leadership has professional recognition, which recognises the enhanced, significant and sustained enquiry a teacher has undertaken.  It recognises the teacher as an accomplished practitioner in a particular area, in this instance the particular area is Leadership. A key characteristic of professional recognition is evidence that the participants practice is underpinned by ongoing reflective enquiry.

The 2022/23 First Steps into Leadership Application Form will be available from April 2022. To request an application form please email

This course aims to:

  • Draw on relevant sources to inform your knowledge of leadership, associated approaches and apply a range of these professional skills and techniques your school context
  • Evaluate and critically analyse the relevance of leadership theories, concepts and principals in relation to your own professional learning
  • Identify measures of success for the leadership project and evaluate the impact on staff and students
  • Take significant responsibility for an area of school improvement and make an identifiable contribution to change
  • Confidently lead peers and staff to achieve the desired outcomes of the leadership project
  • Establish a process to collate data to measure the impact of and disseminate information from the project
  • Critically review and extend knowledge, skills and practice through professional dialogue with course participants
  • Develop self–awareness of personal motivations, and further develop communication skills, by completing the Strength Deployment Inventory.
  • Provide the opportunity for self-reflection and identification of personal development goals in relation to the GTCS Standards for Middle Leadership and Management

Please ensure you have discussed your readiness for this programme with your Head Teacher and have their support.  Your discussion should be based on the Standards for Middle Leadership, what areas of leadership you are seeking to develop and the programme will enable you to develop as a leader of learning.


This course involves tutorials and blended learning with participants undertaking a small school based research project.  Participants are also involved in a range of activities including a self-evaluation exercise, peer observation, e-learning, mentoring meetings and personal reflection of relevant literature.  Support will be provided by the course facilitator and a member of the school Senior Leadership Team.

There are six taught sessions, one of which is a Saturday, covering the following topics:

  • Induction
  • Understanding & Developing Yourself as a Leader
  • Leadership Skills – Coaching
  • Developing People
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Presentation of leadership journey

And three workshops

  • Planning an Enquiry
  • Planning for Improvement workshop
  • Report Writing workshop

Learning Outcomes:

 By the end of the programme participants should be able to:

  • Describe what situational leadership is an when it is appropriate to use each type
  • Use the information gained from the Core Strengths Questionnaire and apply this in managing themselves and the team
  • State the difference between coaching and mentoring and state in what context coaching is appropriate
  • Identify the various stages of team development
  • Describe what is meant by distributive leadership
  • Apply the knowledge learned from a change curve model to enable them to support their team through change

This programme is run on an annual basis and begins in term 1 and concludes in term 2 of the following session.  The duration of the programme is approximately 15 months.